ProDude

Lives in United States Hagerman, ID, United States
Works as a Real Estate, Portrait and Landscape Photographer
Has a website at www.pbase.com/traveler
Joined on Dec 27, 2018
About me:

Former professional wedding photographer. Now doing Real Estate, Portrait and Landscape Photography. Been a musician since 1963 having had 2 recording studio's along the way and 2 indi albums produced. Been a professional photographer since 1999

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Anyone want to take a bet that Canon has now seen this, and may well incorporate a specifically fabricated copper heatsink for coming models in the future. Truly they would be foolish NOT to do so now that someone else has taken the opportunity to prove it's efficacy.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 18:39 UTC as 71st comment | 4 replies
On article Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS sample gallery (164 comments in total)
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wjan: I am disappointed to witness a sloppy technique in dpreview sample gallery again. Why do you use crippled by diffraction F11-F13 aperture for moving vehicles if you could better use an ND filter and open aperture? This is beyond my understanding. You also make a lens look worse as it is (diffraction kills fine details).

I'm sorry to say I've yet to see sample images on ANY new lens release that have motivated me to buy one. I go online to other sources and that tends to reveal more. So many of their shots on lots of the entries are not sharp, boring or don't illustrate the true advantage of having said product

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:42 UTC
On article Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x initial sample gallery (228 comments in total)

In the end the Mft to ME just doesn't cut it in regards first of all in noise and 2nd this lens isn't what I consider to be surgically sharp. I AM getting that out of a R5 and RF lenses. So in the end if one is going to invest in such an item I'd think twice

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 17:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
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ProDude: Yes, and with all that said, for ME if I've gotten a lens in the past, that was either not sharp in the center or exceedingly less sharp at either side it goes back. I'm happy to say that after 20+ years of lenses received from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji I only had ONE Nikon (a 70-300) and Fuji (a 100-400) lens go back as they weren't sharp at one side and in the case of the Nikon exceedingly decentered. But there's NO way I ever assume a lens I get will be acceptable till I put it through it's sharpness paces. All Roger's explanations are great. Bottom line however variation or not it's either a "good" one or it "AIN"T".

You think that's bad. Back in around 2001 I went to Pictureline in Salt Lake City to get a Canon 24-70 f2.8L USM. I tried each copy out and all 6 they had in stock had horridly excessive CA. They were going to send them ALL back to Canon. That was a scary experience. On the flip side I had a 70-200 f2.8L IS copy that was razor sharp from wide open on. Same with a 100-400 (the old pump style). Guess the variation thing had it's ups and downs.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 16:48 UTC

When are people ever going to forget this is NOT a "camcorder" it is a "camera" 1st and foremost and one that can take video clips of very high quality. It is NOT intended to in ANY way take the place of a full on video recorder with limitless record time capabilities. I have no issues with that. If you're looking for a ton of video do yourselves a favor. Buy the lower rez Sony intended for video or get a dedicated video camera and sling THAT on your shoulder for your video portion of shooting

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 16:44 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1510 comments in total)

The timing is interesting. Good thing I'm not in a big hurry. At this time the R5 was my 1st pick awaiting it till early next year. If they find the Z7II's focus is at least on par I may well consider the Nikon. I was a Nikonian for a decade and came to really appreciate the color and rendering of Nikon's bodies and lenses. I'm a tad disappointed they didn't opt for the 5.6mp EVF but am well aware the current one doesn't have lag issues other brands tend to and is well respected for the optics in front of it by comparison. Guess we'll have to see how this all unfolds along with perhaps a firmware update to tweak it to perfection.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2020 at 01:39 UTC as 171st comment
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rz350: You mean to say that NO manufacturer is perfect. Say it ain't so. I bought the least expensive Olympus 40-150 and it has far exceeded my expectations. Even wide open it works, plastic mount and all. I tested it against the 40-150 f2.8, both wide open, and there was little difference. It is really simple, you have to be comfortable with what you have purchased. All lenses have their quirks and you have to use them to learn what they are.

There are indeed some sneaker surprises out there to be had and that's one of them

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2020 at 23:19 UTC
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scokill: The manufacturers could reduce the variance by tighter tolerances and increasing rejects. Think lenses are expensive now? A small reduction in variance might double the cost of a particular lens...or more.

It's a sad day if you have to feel like you're gambling to buy a lens just hoping you get a good one that has no glaring weaknesses when you may indeed be paying a couple grand or more for it. To my way of thinking it's NOT fair at all. I can remember having bought a very affordable zoom lens that was WAY better then what it had a right to be (such as an example a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 a true bargain) and then buying a massive disappointment such as a Sony 24-70 f2.8 GM lens worth nowhere near it's asking price. There are far too many examples One other is the Nikkor 70-300 a real bargain for what it puts out. But some of these really expensive lenses (IMHO anything over $1500) to me it is virtually inexcusable to get a copy that doesn't deliver reliably sharp results barely stopped down from it's wide open position.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2020 at 23:17 UTC

Yes, and with all that said, for ME if I've gotten a lens in the past, that was either not sharp in the center or exceedingly less sharp at either side it goes back. I'm happy to say that after 20+ years of lenses received from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji I only had ONE Nikon (a 70-300) and Fuji (a 100-400) lens go back as they weren't sharp at one side and in the case of the Nikon exceedingly decentered. But there's NO way I ever assume a lens I get will be acceptable till I put it through it's sharpness paces. All Roger's explanations are great. Bottom line however variation or not it's either a "good" one or it "AIN"T".

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2020 at 23:10 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

Umm if this camera were released 8-10 years ago Pentax could have been a serious player. Listen don't get ticked at me. I admire their build quality and even the feature set is admirable, for a 2 generation ago DSLR. But come on now......we're not living in 2010 anymore folks. Who is the world is going to invest in one of these?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 23:59 UTC as 108th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS R5 review (2962 comments in total)
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Nimonus: Any why until today, no real review to test the EVF lag (lag from real time to displayed time)?

This is the most important specs to mirrorless but ignored by all reviewers.

I believe that's been answered. If you want NO lag you have to turn the speed down from the H+ to the H for 8fps and there is essentially no lag nor blackout. I don't see that as a deal breaker, but then I'm not a sports shooter.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 03:36 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1510 comments in total)

I'm on the sidelines doing my research over the next 5 months until I dive into a complete new system. The Canon R5 was a obvious potential choice as I still feel the RF lenses are about as good as it gets. However I was a Nikonian for a decade with 4 bodies along the way and loved them and their results. On THIS camera however I'm wondering why they didn't UP the EVF to the 5mp models more prevalent these days. It also remains to be seen if their eye and tracking autofocus will compete with Canon/Sony as otherwise they are just an "also ran". The ergo's on the Nikon are as usual top flight. I wonder if they've improved/fixed their crappy grip material known to fall apart all too quickly. That would drive me nuts. We shall see. I'll be looking forward to in depth reviews that deal with what I've mentioned before I'd even consider going this route. Also there are no highly competent Z mount 200-600mm lenses which is a must before I'd dive in. We shall see...

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 17:15 UTC as 236th comment | 4 replies

I've used their Ultimate for several years dropping everything Adobe. So much easier and faster to get the top results, especially light controls. When I switch over to a R5 I'll probably get this version assuming they will update it for the Canon

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 01:55 UTC as 17th comment
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Michael Houghton: I have not commented on this site for several years (indeed I thought my account was deleted).

I comment now to observe that "this shouldn't be about politics" is seemingly only _ever_ said in America by those who support the current holder of any particular office but who are defensively aware they should be -- but are not -- mortified by the conduct of that individual.

It's just another shameful example of the hypocritical weaponising of perceived decency and decorum to deflect from the lack of it (c.f. "now is not the time to talk about gun laws").

And it's a particularly foolish position to take in support of someone who routinely says "we can't be so politically correct"!

Is Pete Souza entitled to his political opinions? Yes.

Are DPreview endorsing them? No.

Is this fascinating and historically important subject matter? Of course.

If you think it is not, we could reconvene in a few months if you're not too busy denying you ever supported what is happening now.

I think it's sad in general the direction this country has ended up at this time. I'm just very very grateful I grew up in a time when it was more like "Leave It To Beaver" and "Donna Reed". The garbage going on today (and the youth of today) are NOTHING like the respectful ones raised then. In some regard I feel I'm glad I don't have all that many years left to deal with this seriously degraded country. I'll stick to my wonderful memories. Glad I can still see the reruns to keep in touch with it as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 00:14 UTC

It seems that this new model won't by any means be an "ultimate" itineration of their current offering of the S1 series. For some, it could be interesting. For ME not likely. I tried the S1 and indeed the ONLY area it just did not make it for me was it's ability to track fast moving subjects. Otherwise they had it made. But the Canon R5 has upended that dilemma. So next year when I jump in I suspect the R5 will be my choice. If they found some magical way to crank the readout speeds for the DFD to a astronomical level to where it didn't have delays in locking focus on a fast moving subject THEN they might have something. If they are determined to stand pat with the DFD......well.......they will appeal to a limited group.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2020 at 15:41 UTC as 58th comment
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ProDude: Among a number of other professionals I communicate with on a regular basis, not ONE has mentioned their consideration of going back to a mirror camera. In my estimation they are basically committing suicide to do otherwise. I don't care how amazing their viewfinder ends up, it won't make up for the advancements of the mirrorless designs already capturing the lions share of the market and beyond

Guess you're in a different crowd then I. I hang with wedding and real estate photographers as that's what I did or am currently doing. But I tend to love landscape the most followed by wildlife. Guess your guys don't want to shell out for the new stuff yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 17:39 UTC

Among a number of other professionals I communicate with on a regular basis, not ONE has mentioned their consideration of going back to a mirror camera. In my estimation they are basically committing suicide to do otherwise. I don't care how amazing their viewfinder ends up, it won't make up for the advancements of the mirrorless designs already capturing the lions share of the market and beyond

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 17:26 UTC as 179th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R5 (526 comments in total)
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SteveAnderson: Real question is how many fps this gets with continuous updated view in the EVF?

I dont like that craptastic slideshow from the EVF in bursts.

And shame on DPR for proclaiming EVF is up to OVF standards of motion.
It just is not true. Subjectively nor objectively.
Its like trying to say that my 144hz gaming LCD has the same blur as my gaming CRT or eyeballs. It is completely wrong for people that are sensitive to it.

I could believe that its much better than the last one though.

I'm betting with it's 120fps refresh rate you won't get much of a slideshow. More like the typical high frame rate tiny blackout between frames. I have to believe Canon was well aware of the R's failings and strove to get past that particular annoyance. Guess we'll have to see on the final production models reviewed.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 04:34 UTC

I'm confused. I thought Olympus announced it was getting OUT of the camera business. What's this all about?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 16:32 UTC as 48th comment | 10 replies
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ProDude: MicroPiezo's will likely always have "issues". I'm glad I moved away from Epson for the Pro1000 Canon. It continues to amaze me and never had issues, even when not used for 6 months. I'm not fixing what's not broken like my Epson was before.

Umm the 3880 is the one I had for a number of years prior that was a pain in the behind regarding clogs and irregular prints. This was reported as quite common with that printer so it's by far NOT me. I was living in Utah at that time so dry and well temperature controlled. When it worked it was fine. The Canon Pro1000 however has been leagues superior in more than just a few ways. It's 100% consistent, better colors and clarity, faster and more. So all due respect I became a Canon guy after this experience.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2020 at 19:58 UTC
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